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VSI Alliance Update 12 August 2022

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VSI Alliance News & Events
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Read the latest updates from the VSI alliance. You will find information on local events and available training, job opportunities and volunteering options. The newsletter also highlights current campaigns and consultations.

Read the updates here

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

NHS Heathy Start Scheme prepaid card – apply online

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The NHS Healthy Start scheme aims to help those who are pregnant or have responsibility for at least one child under the age of 4, who are on a qualifying benefit and a low income.

There is now an online application process with a prepaid card to be used for purchasing healthy food and milk, to replace the paper vouchers. You can also use the prepaid card to collect free NHS Healthy Start vitamins.

The card can be used to buy

  • milk and cow’s milk-based infant formula milk
  • fresh, frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables
  • fresh, dried and tinned pulses

Find out more by visiting www.healthystart.nhs.uk and please share with your family and friends.

New Staying Well Men’s Group at The Space starting September 8th

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We have exciting news!

 

The Space @ Field Lane start a new Staying Well Men’s group every Thursday from 10:30am to 12:30 am.

The first session is on Thursday 8th September

Download Information (PDF)

Come along for a cuppa & a friendly chat, make new friendships

The group is also looking for new ideas and activities.

Regular activities will include:

– Kurling
– Dominoes
– Pool table (free)
– Table tennis
– Cards

plus occasional guest speakers & much much more!

 

The Space @ Field Lane
Burnsall Road, Rastrick, HD6 3JT
T: 01484 556924
E: mail@thespaceatfieldlane.org.uk

 

VSI Alliance Update 05 August 2022

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VSI Alliance News & Events
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Read the latest updates from the VSI alliance. You will find information on local events and available training, job opportunities and volunteering options. The newsletter also highlights current campaigns and consultations.

Read the updates here

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

Join the Foundation Club Membership Monthly Event August 31

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You’re invited to the monthly Foundation Club Membership Event

Members and Non- Members are all warmly welcomedWednesday 31st August 20221.00 pm to 3.00 pmThe Room, Town Hall Dental, the Old Town Hall, Thornton Square
Brighouse HD6 1EA

Join the Calderdale business community to find out more about the Foundation Club at this monthly membership event.

This summer, we are relaunching our membership club. We held a successful event last month at Hebden Bridge Town Hall where 40+ like minded people who also support CFFC came together to network.

We are planning on having monthly events to bring people together and connect and will move venue each month to spread the events throughout the borough.

I’m inviting you to come and join us at this free event and to find out more about supporting us so that we can support Not-for-Profit Organisations in Calderdale. There will be a couple of short speeches, but in the main it’s open networking so you can get to know other members over a cuppa and a biscuit.

Register your free place here

If you would like to become a member, here is the link to complete the application form.

Click here to find out more about applying to become a member

There are different levels of membership, you can choose the one that’s right for you:

Voluntary Organisations : £10 per year

This is for Not-for-Profit organisations

Friend of the Foundation : £120 annually or £10 per month.

This is for individuals or small businesses/ sole traders

Foundation Club Members : £600 annually or £50 per month

There are many benefits to joining the Foundation Club, including:

  • Being part of a group of people who care about their community and want to be part of something bigger making a difference
  • Supporting the Foundation so we can give out grants and continue our role to connect people and create a positive impact in our community in the 5 areas we have as priorities
  • The opportunity to show your support for an issue they care about
  • Monthly networking events
  • The opportunity to engage with the issues you care about and be connected with volunteering or fundraising opportunities
  • Certificate of membership
  • Logo to use on your website, email signature, and social media
  • Invite to social events
  • Receive our Annual Report
  • Invited to our AGM
  • 1 to 1 meeting as connectors and convenors to introduce you to people
  • Listed in our online directory

If you are a Foundation Club Member or a Friend of the Foundation, 100% of your membership fee goes towards making grants for one of the priorities you choose. Plus, in the first year we will match fund your membership to double the amount going towards making grants. If you are a Foundation Club member, your membership fee is £600 so £1200 will go towards grants and if you are a Friend of the Foundation, your membership fee is £120 so £240 will go towards making grants.

It would be lovely to see you at the August event.

easyfundraising webinar: Free Funding for Voluntary Organisations

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easyfundraising provides voluntary organisations with an easy, accessible, and permanent fundraising solution.  Come along to this online session to find out how!

easyfundraising partners with 7,000 brands including John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Trainline, Booking.com, eBay and Amazon, who will donate to your organisation when your volunteers, staff and supporters shop with them.  It is a completely free service and is already used by 180,000 good causes around the UK.

Becky from easyfundraising will talk through how it works, how to get started as well as answering any questions you may have. It will be an informal lunchtime session – feel free to invite your colleagues too.

When: Wednesday 21st September
Time: 12.30pm-1.15pm
Suitable for:  Voluntary groups, community buildings, churches, grassroots sport clubs, schools, self-help groups, community groups, charities, CICs and social enterprises.

Registration in advance for this session here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rceiurz0pG9Bet-_IVDU6IgQkOSgUGgIn

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Second round of CFFC General Grants for community groups

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Community groups are invited to apply for up to £5,000  funding in their general grants round  

To apply, visit https://cffc.co.uk/general-grants-round-2020-21/ 

The Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) have launched their second round of general grants for organisations and community groups to apply for up to £5,000 to make a difference in Calderdale.

You can apply for funding if you are a new organisation, wanting to trial a new project, or continue with an existing project.

Steve Duncan, CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale explained, “We are particularly interested in receiving your application for a grant if you project will contribute to working around homelessness and housing, poverty and disadvantage, community cohesion, mental health and wellbeing.”

To apply, visit https://cffc.co.uk/general-grants-round-2020-21/ 

Event to Help Calderdale People on Your Employment or Learning Journey

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Local Charity Halifax Opportunities Trust to Host Employment and Careers Event to Unlock Opportunities and Connect Employers with Potential Candidates

Join us at the HOT Opportunities Event
on Thursday 15th September 2022 between 3pm – 6pm

at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre 

 

Halifax Opportunities Trust (HOT) is hosting an Opportunities Event at its social enterprise business hub, Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, on Thursday 15th September 2022, to help local people take the next step on their employment or learning journey.

The HOT Opportunities Event will provide information on all the opportunities available through the Trust, as well as hosting a market place for local employers to discuss their industry and the roles they have available. The event will offer guidance to anyone in the local community who is looking for support or advice in taking their next step.

Whether it’s unemployed people seeking employment opportunities, young people or school leavers looking to reach their career aspirations, or those currently in employment focused on professional growth or career development, the Trust will meet these needs by showcasing opportunities in a range of industries, areas and roles.

Faye Gilling, Marketing and Communications Lead at Halifax Opportunities Trust, comments: “This event is a great opportunity for anyone seeking guidance on the next step in their career. Whether just starting out or looking for a new challenge, HOT’s Employment, Apprenticeships, Central and Early Years teams will be at hand to provide informed advice on how attendees can navigate and reach their aspirations.

“We acknowledge that recruitment and retention is a growing issue for employers, so we want to offer support for those who are seeking candidates in the local area, too. We will host a marketplace of around eight local organisations, at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, to help them connect with people looking for jobs.”

As a charity offering a broad range of services, HOT is in a unique position to be able to help people at most stages of their career, learning or employment journey. HOT has a great deal of experience in; helping people break down employability barriers, supporting learners with nationally recognised apprenticeship qualifications and building skills and experience through a range of volunteering opportunities. Something that the event will help to showcase.

Halifax Opportunities Trust is looking forward to hosting the event and welcoming people from the local community to discuss opportunities with the Trust and offer guidance for those seeking support in taking their next step. The Trust is also excited to work with local employers and help them connect with potential candidates.

Join us at the HOT Opportunities Event

  • Thursday 15th September 2022
  • Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, HX1 5ER
  • 3pm-6pm

For more information visit: https://www.regen.org.uk/hot-opportunities-event/

About Halifax Opportunities Trust

Halifax Opportunities Trust is a registered charity and a limited company, established since 2000. Our work focuses on transforming lives for the better and involves, but is not limited to, helping people find new or better jobs, learn new skills, start or grow businesses and help raise their families.

For more information contact:

Faye Gilling

Email: Faye.gilling@regen.org.uk

Phone: 01422 399480

Website: https://www.regen.org.uk/

 

Halifax Opportunities Trust is committed to working towards a vibrant, multi-cultural and self-sustaining community. We care, we are committed, we collaborate, we are enterprising.

Registered charity number 1086183.

Find out more about the work of the Trust by visiting www.regen.org.uk

VSI Alliance Update 29 July 2022

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VSI Alliance News & Events
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Read the latest updates from the VSI alliance. You will find information on local events and available training, job opportunities and volunteering options. The newsletter also highlights current campaigns and consultations.

Read the updates here

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.